Photo of the Month August 2022

At Tom Bol Photo Workshops, we celebrate great images created on our workshops by selecting a Photo of the Month. For August we chose an image from our Galapagos Workshop created by Ned Reese. We hope you enjoy Ned’s images as much as we do!

Congratulations to August 2022 ‘s featured photographer – Ned Reese

Ned Reese on Espanola Island in the Galapagos

The Story… 

I had about 70 images of the night heron. Going through them, that one was in the middle of the string of images.

It was stunning when I brought it up in Photo Mechanic. The image is almost untouched. I did very little to improve it. It was almost an accident.

I like tight framed shots of wildlife, shots of the face, with interesting facial expressions. Animals are not too distant from humans. You can read their faces. You could put a lot of captions on that frame.

August 2022 Photo of the Month

When we landed on Genovese Island, there were birds everywhere. It was early on in the trip. It was kind of like taking a drink from a fire hydrant. There was so much going on around us.

This was a different kind of shooting for me. There was so much activity and life everywhere we turned. On Everest I learned to step back and take in the environment before starting to shoot. You cannot do that in the Galapagos. I found myself grabbing the camera and just trying to be cognizant of all of the correct settings while shooting.

I like this image more every time I look at it. It speaks to what I was trying to get, an interesting facial expression and tack sharp details. I have been doing a lot of photography recently, listening, being around Tom and Cree. My photography has improved by magnitudes.


EXIF Data:

Nikon D850, Nikon 80-400 lens shot at 310 mm

F10, 1/2000 sec, ISO 3200

Manual Mode, auto ISO


Ned’s Tips for Photographing Wildlife:

Take a lot of shots

Auto ISO is key to shooting in manual. Tom insisted I try it and it was awkward at first. It made it much easier in the long run. You learn more about your camera too.


Sultry Sealion

About Photographing in the Galapagos

To be honest, at first Galapagos was just another workshop. I have been working more on my technique than on locations. Everybody talks about the Galapagos. I wasn’t prepared for the reality of being on the ground and photographing there.

In retrospect, it was in the top 5 of all my favorite photo locations.

It was special in ways I am still learning about. There is so much life there. It is so prevalent, everywhere. It’s like wall paper. On bear trips you have to go out and find the bears. On this trip, animals are everywhere.

The sailboat made it even more special. I’d go back but only on a sailboat. Darwin and Fitzroy explored the Galapagos in a ship. This was an associative experience for me. I can’t image doing it any other way.

Flamingos on Rabida Island

Flamingo Shoot:

We hiked into the pond and flamingos were all over the place. It was a sunny day with a lot of contrast and there was not much activity. We decided to walk to the end of the pond and it looked like they were going to do something. My arm was getting tired from holding up my 500mm lens for so long….

When they took off, I took 30-40 images of them flying. This image was a statistical success. It had the right light, good composition and everything was sharp.

Sealion in the surf on Rabida Island

On Ned’s Horizon:

New Zealand

Africa: Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa

Alaska

Antarctica

“I just like to go….”

Ned photographing a Giant Land Tortoise

Where are Tom and Cree?

With Fall right around the corner, we are headed to Alaska for our Brown Bear Safari in Katmai National Park. We are back home just a few days before heading to Norway and on to New Zealand in September.

With so much travel in September we will do our best to answer your questions while on the road. This will be our busiest month since starting our business five years ago. By October things will slow down and we will be in the office more often. Thanks for your patience. We are almost caught up from all the postponed trips from 2020 and 2021.

To see our 2023 schedule, click here

We hope you are enjoying a great summer. Thanks for reading our posts!

Tom and Cree

www.tombolphotoworkshops.com

Photo of the Month July 2022

At Tom Bol Photo Workshops, we celebrate great images created on our workshops by selecting a Photo of the Month. For July we chose an image from our Glacier Workshop created by Eric Lacey. Eric traveled with us to the North American Indian Days in Browning, Montana. We hope you enjoy Eric’s images as much as we do!

Congratulations to July 2022 ‘s featured photographer – Eric Lacey

Portrait of Eric by Kim Lafleur with a f1.2 portrait lens

The Story… 

I was looking for an opportunity to photograph a Native American person. I wanted to minimize all the distractions in the background. I was paying as much attention to what was in the background then to what the boy was doing.

Everyone at the event was phenomenally cooperative.

I took 4 or 5 photos with the boy standing in this position. I liked this one the most. He looks contemplative.

Photo of the Month July 2022

Aperture of f2.8: The tepees in the background give it a sense of place. I wanted enough bokeh in the background to blur it but also I wanted the viewer to be able to tell what it is.

Shutter Speed 1/8000: It was a bright sunny day so I shot at a really high shutter speed (1/8000 sec) This is the highest my camera would allow.

Exposure compensation of -1: I always shoot with some negative exposure compensation if I am shooting in aperture mode. I prefer lightening up an image rather than darkening it down in post process. I didn’t want to blow out any of the highlights.

This was the first time I used my mirrorless for portrait work. I was pleased with how it performed. I just love the EVF info and being able to see the histogram in real time. It simplifies the actual shooting.


EXIF Data:

Canon R5, Canon 70-200 RF 2.8 shot at 95mm

F2.8, 1/8000 sec, ISO 200

Aperture Mode, Exposure Comp of -1


Tips for Portraits:

Keep shooting – you will end up with a lot that aren’t great. Increase your keeper ratio by shooting plenty of frames.

Control the background – I didn’t move around the subject much. I knew I wanted the tepees in the background as a frame behind him.

Control the light – we had strong overhead sunlight, so I had to work with that. I softened the light in post. Luckily his headdress didn’t cast too much of a shadow on his face.


Sunrise at Swiftcurrent Lake in GNP

About Photographing in and near Glacier

Glacier exceeded my expectations photographically.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect because Glacier is less well known as a national park. The vistas aren’t as iconic. Compare it to Yosemite. Everyone knows about Half Dome and El Cap. I was very pleasantly surprised.

As for Browning and Indian Days, I thought it was one of the best parts of the trip. The photography was very different for me. Aside from the photography, I really enjoyed just watching. The remembrance tributes were really moving.

Taking portraits was a great way to expand my photographic check list. It was something we hadn’t done before. I took hundreds of photos and only had two keepers. It was really a blast!

Eric learned his lesson with this image

My Lesson Learned:

We went out the first morning and we had a beautiful pink sunrise. I thought the shoot was over and packed everything up and headed to the car. As I was walking up the hill, I heard Tom say, “Look at the light”.

I ran back down and unpacked everything. I used my ND grad filter to darken the sky in this image.

I learned that you don’t pack up until you’re sure the show is over!


On Eric’s Horizon:

Pantanal in Brazil

Puffins on Machias Seal Island off the coast of Maine

Oregon Coast & Redwoods

Tanzania

Eric and Kim photographing horses on route to Browning, Montana

Where are Tom and Cree?

As you read this we are sailing around the Galapagos Islands with a group on a three masted sailboat. We will be back in the office from August 8-12 and then off to Greenland with Strabo Tours to photograph enormous icebergs in Disko Bay.

Want to join us for an international adventure? We have a few spots open:

New Zealand Sept 22-Oct 3, 2022

Norway Sept 11-18, 2022

Patagonia Nov 29-Dec 9, 2022

We hope you are having a great summer. Thanks for reading our posts!

Tom and Cree

www.tombolphotoworkshops.com

Photo of the Month – May 2022

At Tom Bol Photo Workshops, we celebrate great images created on our workshops by selecting a Photo of the Month. For May we chose an image from our Texas Birds Workshop created by Carolyn Johnson. We hope you enjoy Carolyn’s images as much as we do!

Congratulations to May 2022 ‘s featured photographer – Carolyn Johnson

Carolyn and her daughter Marni in Bryce National Park

The Story … 

The bronzed cowbird was on the perch near the cactus and I was focused on him. The green jay came in and I saw him mid air. I kept the focal point on the cowbird and just kept pushing the shutter button.

At 30 frames per second, you can hardly miss!

This photo happened because of the Sony A1. I was on a photo outing with Artie Morris. He explained all the manual settings to me on an outing to photograph pelicans. The camera has an amazing dot that tracks the birds’ eyes. This feature took all of my frustration out of wildlife photography. In the past, images were never as sharp as I wanted them to be.

Now I can’t decide which mages to delete because they are all good.

Having a gimbal on the tripod also helped. It makes all the difference. I can no longer hold the weight of a longer lens like I used to.

May 2022 Photo of the Month

I decided to send the image of the green jay and cowbird to Bay Photo to get a metal print. Tom mentioned that he liked Bay Photo and especially the metal prints. When it arrived, I liked the result so much that I had 9 more metal bird prints made.

They arrived yesterday and I have them all over my kitchen table to figure out a good layout.


EXIF Data:

Sony A1 with a 200-600 mm lens , shot at 571mm

F6.3, 1/4000 sec, ISO 2000

Manual Mode, Spot Focus

Male Cardinal and Male Pyrrhuloxia sharing a perch

About Photographing Birds in South Texas

I liked both ranches. The owners were so careful with details and knew exactly what to do to get the birds there.

My favorite bird was Darth Vader – the bronzed cowbird. I loved when he was doing his mating dance. He has the most fabulous color of blue on his wings.

I had never shot from a blind before. I live on 4 acres in the shrub oak in California. My son in law has a back hoe. I think a blind is in my future.

Black Crested Titmouse

Tips for Bird Photography:

Don’t be afraid of using high ISO settings. In the past higher ISOs would create grainy and pixelated photos. The new technology has made it possible to shoot at high ISO settings and still get great photos. I use Topaz Denoise on all the photos I take with high ISO settings.


On Carolyn’s Horizon

Eagles in Chilkat, Alaska

Roseate Spoonbills in Florida

Galapagos Islands

Carolyn in the orchards at Capitol Reef

We are headed to Nome Alaska next with a small group to photograph musk oxen and arctic birds. After that we are headed to the South Dakota Badlands and Glacier National Park.

We have 2 spaces available on our Bears and Glaciers Workshop. It will be prime time for Spring cubs July 11-16 click here to learn more.

Welcome to summer and thanks for reading our posts!

Tom and Cree

www.tombolphotoworkshops.com

Photo of the Month – March 2022

At Tom Bol Photo Workshops, we celebrate great images created on our workshops by selecting a Photo of the Month. For March we chose an image from a dog sled photoshoot on our Fairbanks Northern Lights Workshop created by Jerry Bush. We hope you enjoy Jerry’s images as much as we do!

Congratulations to March 2022 ‘s featured photographer – Jerry Bush

Jerry Bush in Alaska

The Story … 

It has to start with our location. We were in the right spot thanks to Tom and Cree.

It was a beautiful spot. My goal was to get shots of the full sled first, and then get close up action shots of the dogs. Fortunately we had four different chances to photograph the dogs running by.

The first time around I just focused on getting the full dog team and the musher in the elements – the snow and the trees in the background.

When I went for the close up shots I didn’t see the tongues when I was photographing. I noticed the tongues were wagging all over the place when I went back through the images later. Even the dogs in the back had tongues wagging.

March 2022 Photo of the Month

Sometimes I struggle with finding the best image when I have hundreds to choose from. I use the grid view in Lightroom and bring the images up to a very large size. I go through them quickly the first time and use the X key to reject the images that are not in focus.

I use the compare mode after that and think about what I was trying to accomplish. Wow, I wasn’t shooting for a tongue shot – but there it is.

Jerry’s backed off version of the same scene

On the action shot there wasn’t much editing needed. I brought the highlights down and adjusted the exposure a bit for the snow. On my full sled image I brought down the saturation in the background to give it an aged look. I also cropped more than in the first image.


EXIF Data:

Sony A7 R4 with a 70-200 mm lens at 200 mm

F3.5, 1/1250 sec, ISO 400

Aperture Priority


About photographing in Alaska in the winter

I absolutely loved it. When Deb picked me up at the airport, I am sure she was ready for me to stop talking about it by the time we got home.

It’s beautiful. It’s unique. If you don’t go to Alaska, you just don’t see that kind of environment.

It was cold. Fortunately it was not as cold as it usually is in Fairbanks. There were times it was so cold that it was hard for me to feel the controls on the camera.

It is interesting shooting with so much snow in the frame. The camera makes adjustments to middle grays because of all the snow. You have to tweak the exposure in the images to accommodate for that.

Between the dogs, the ice carving and of course, the aurora, the variety was awesome. I love everything about Alaska.

Jerry’s image of Northern Lights on top of Charlie Dome

Jerry’s tips for photographing dog sledding:

1) It is all about capturing the face. At our first dog sled shoot, I cut off ears and paws in the frames – and they were throw aways. I’m a dog lover and I learned it is all about showing the dog’s face.

2) In your action shots, look for open mouths. Teeth and tongues make really interesting shots.

3) Look for dogs that are posing. If they are just sitting there, it will not be as interesting. Dogs are natural posers. Look for a face that is bending over a fence or a dog that is jumping up. Get them to do something.

4) I learned that a low perspective is so important. It’s a perspective that you don’t see that often. On Day 1 I saw Tom shooting on his stomach. After that I did the same thing.

From the World Ice Carving Contest in Fairbanks – by Jerry Bush

On Jerry’s Horizon

Iceland

Norway

Banff

Olympic National Park

Portraits

Jerry connecting at the kennel

Interested in photographing northern lights? We have two trips to Lofoten, Norway in the next 12 months with chances of seeing northern light on both: September 11-18, 2022 (for warmer temps) and February 18-25 (for hardy folks)

We are both off to Sicily, Italy for a few weeks with Strabo Photo Tours. We look forward to photographing rustic coastal villages and eating plenty of cannolis on the largest island on the Mediterranean Sea. We have space on our May trip to Southern Spain if you would like to join us in Europe this year.

Enjoy your early spring and thanks for reading our posts!

Tom and Cree

www.tombolphotoworkshops.com

Photo of the Month – February 2022

At Tom Bol Photo Workshops, we celebrate great images created on our workshops by selecting a Photo of the Month. For February, we chose an image from Death Valley National Park created by Mike Foxworthy. We hope you enjoy Mike’s images as much as we do!

Congratulations to February 2022 ‘s featured photographer – Mike Foxworthy

Mike in Death Valley National Park

The Story … 

My first impression when I arrived at the Borax Works was that it was going to be a challenge. At first, I was not that impressed, especially when I saw the fence.

I walked around it and started looking at the details. I asked myself, ” How can I shoot something unique?”

I got more into it as I photographed it. I started looking at it in a different way. I noticed the details and the workmanship. Those wheels were built with rivets and without the use of modern tools. I started photographing the textures and I found them so interesting.

I started by photographing the wagon straight on. I found the spokes to be really interesting because it had so many details. The nut was rusty and there was interesting contrast with the wood.

Shooting straight on to emphasize textures

Then I wanted to give it some depth of field and a different look. I thought the wheels were the star of the show. They are the work horses of a wagon. I could imagine them going through the rough roads coming out west.

When you look down the row of wheels, you can see that the wheels aren’t the same size. Some are large, some are small. I found the shot to be challenging because I wanted to show the details in all of the wheels.

February 2022 Photo of the Month

I chose to do a focus stack at F11. I created 4 images at F11 and put them together in PhotoShop. I often use this technique for landscapes when I want to capture the details throughout the scene.

I ended up cropping the image and burning a bit on the bottom. The mountains on the right were a bit bright so I burned them as well.

I gave it an Old West flavor by using a profile in the editing process. I kept playing with them until I found one I really liked.


EXIF Data:

Nikon D850 with a 70-200 mm lens at 70 mm

F11, 1/60 sec, ISO 64, Exp Comp -0.3

Aperture Priority


About photographing at Death Valley National Park

I loved it. It gives you a variety of photographic subjects. I was glad that Tom revised our schedule to take advantage of the dunes without footsteps after the wind storm.

I enjoyed the sand dunes the most. I loved the textures. I could have shot them all trip long – as long as they were not trampled on.

Mesquite Dunes with black and white conversion by Nik

Mike’s tips for photographing historical structures:

1) I recommend looking at it from afar first and then moving in to see the micro details. Walk around it. Do a 360′ and maybe do it a couple of times. Look at it from different angles. The Union Pacific train gave us an opportunity to shoot through the windows.

2) Just shooting a rivet can be a dramatic shot. You can frame it and put it on the wall.

Shooting through train windows at Rhyolite Ghost Town

On Mike’s Horizon

Milan, Venice and Florence in Apri

Alaska

Banff

Olympic National Park

Portraits

Mike finding textures and details

Coming soon: Tom will be presenting online to 800 members of the Maryland Photography Alliance tonight. Maybe we will see you there! Also, this might be a good time to check our listings for 2023 and 2024 as workshops are already filling….

We are both off to Fairbanks for two Northern Lights Workshops. We will be out of the office and checking messages on the road. Hopefully we will get a few magnetic storms to light up the northern skies!

Enjoy your winter and thanks for reading our posts!

Tom and Cree

www.tombolphotoworkshops.com

Photo of the Month – December 2021

Tom and Cree Bol celebrate great images created on workshops by selecting a Photo of the Month. For December, we chose an image from White Sands National Park created by Julie Berryhill . We hope you enjoy Julie’s images as much as we do!

Congratulations to December 2021 ‘s featured photographer – Julie Berryhill

Julie in White Sands National Park

The Story … 

The sun had already set. Brian and I were wandering around and we set up our tripods really low. We pushed out the tripod legs and were on our bellies in the sand. It was really fun. We were down and dirty.

We were underexposing because we did not want to blow out the red channel. I was also using focus peaking. After Tom recommended it, I used it throughout the workshop. I would start by using auto focus and then switch to manual to engage the focus peaking. It shows what is in focus in red highlights.

For me the three important elements of the photo are the sand, the yucca and the sky. I used a low perspective to put the yucca higher in the sky. I also wanted to keep some of the sand in the foreground. But what the image is really about is the sky.

December 2021 Photo of the Month

I used the comparison mode in Lightroom to chose the best image. I was looking for the image with the best light in the sky. I didn’t crop the image at all. I was also looking for an image that was sharp. It was windy that day so I made sure that there was not any blur in the plants.

EXIF Data:

Nikon Z7 with 24-70mm lens shot at 34.5 mm

F11, 1/200 sec, ISO 400

Aperture Priority with focus peaking

About photographing at White Sands National Park

You think it is just about photographing sand. But it is amazing how many different shots you can get there.

One day it was windy and the backgrounds became almost impressionist. The down side of the wind is that you can’t easily change lenses in those conditions. The upside is that the wind erases all of the footprints there.

A windy day on the dunes

About the orange photo below: It was a windy evening and there were different things happening in each direction. I turned around from where we were shooting and took the shot. I got down low to get a different perspective of the sand.

Evening skies over the dunes

Using a speed light on the yucca was really fun. I am glad Tom showed us how to do it. I get intimidated by using flash. Flash gives it a whole different look, which I really liked.

Soap Tree Yucca in stormy skies illuminated with a speed light

Julie’s tips for photographing at White Sands National Park:

1) Bring two bodies if you have them. It is often difficult to change lenses because of the sand. This is especially true if you are shooting mirrorless.

2) Get the permit to enter the park early (available on the park website). That way there will not be people in the way.

3) Use focus peaking. It lets you see want will be in focus in the frame.


On Julie’s Horizon

Costa Rica in April

Back to Patagonia – the light is amazing and I love to hike

Eastern Europe – Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary

Julie and friends at White Sands

Space available on our next workshop in Bosque and White Sands – Nov 2023. Click here to learn more

Coming soon: Free Happy Hour in late January -all about the new Nikon Z9. In the meantime we will be off scouting Route 66 Oklahoma and Big Bend National Park. We just returned from Louisiana and have already posted our Louisiana Bayous and Birds.

Ready to travel and looking for a workshop? Space available on our Northern Lights in Fairbanks Workshop in March. Click here for more info. Want a warmer destination? Join us in Ecuador in 2023 to photograph birds in the highlands

Thanks for reading our posts and congratulations to Julie!

Tom and Cree

www.tombolphotoworkshops.com

Photo of the Month – November 2021

Tom and Cree Bol like to celebrate the great images created by their photo community by selecting a Photograph of the Month. For November we chose an image of a Sandhill Crane at the Bosque Del Apache Wildlife Refuge created by Riley Brissey . We hope you enjoy Riley’s images as much as we do!

Congratulations to November 2021 ‘s featured photographer – Riley Brissey

Riley Brissey on location

The Story … 

This was day one in Bosque. That evening we had crazy clouds. The whole time we were there cranes were flying in from the left and the right. They never stopped.

Most of the people were photographing birds in flight. I felt like I should be doing the same. I kept looking at the reflections in the water and was thinking how beautiful it was. I wanted to get something in there too.

I started focusing on the water. I was sitting in the grass beside the road, looking for a cool pose or something really neat that would be worthy of putting on the wall.

This crane was a bit further away, probably 12 yards from me. I saw it walking towards the golden light of the reflected clouds and knew I needed to get ready. I was also watching several other cranes and their position. This was the one that was right where I wanted it.

I lowered my exposure to keep the red channel from blowing out. Tom had mentioned this earlier. Because it was a moving subject I kept my shutter speed relatively high for the light conditions. I always like to shoot birds at wide open apertures and I just let the auto ISO do its thing…..

November 2021 Photo of the Month

EXIF Data:

Nikon D850 with a Nikon 500mm PF lens

F5.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO 2000, exposure comp of -1

Manual mode with auto ISO

About photographing on at Bosque Del Apache in New Mexico

It is a very interesting place. The way the refuge managers have handled the drought is great. They adapted to the conditions this year and still kept it a beautiful place to photograph. They gave the cranes new places to feed and roost.

If you go there any other time of the year, it would not look nearly as beautiful. I came back to Washington after the sunshine in Bosque and it was cloudy and forecast to rain for the next week and a half.

Riley’s tips for photographing Sandhill Cranes:

All these things I managed to catch came down to being observant. Blink and you miss it.

On the first morning, I missed the mating dance of two cranes in good light. I was looking to the right and completely missed it.

Keep an eye out all of the time. Put the camera down and look around. There’s only so much you can see from the viewfinder.

Be really attentive and observant of the moment.

Sandhill Crane portrait in the new crane pond

On Riley’s Horizon

Lake Tekapo in New Zealand. I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan

Iceland

Backpacking in Germany

Riley getting close at White Sands National Park

Ready for a bucket list photo adventure in the United States? We have a few spaces open for our Northern Light in Fairbanks Workshop. Click here for more info.

Or check out our 2023 and 2024 Workshops

Thanks for reading our posts and congratulations to Riley!

Tom and Cree

www.tombolphotoworkshops.com

Photo of the Month – October 2021

Tom and Cree celebrate the great images created by their community of photographers by selecting a Photograph of the Month. For October we selected an image of a classic car at the WigWam Motel created by Gary Taylor on our Route 66 ABQ to WinslowWorkshop . We hope you enjoy Gary’s images as much as we do!

Congratulations to October 2021 ‘s featured photographer – Gary Taylor

Gary working the details on a classic DeSoto

The Story … 

I kept trying to shoot from the other direction but the steering wheel was obscuring the dashboard. I tried moving to the front and back windows but that did not help. I realized I needed to move to the other side of the car.

On the other side of the car I had to line it up so I would see the teepees in the background and also get a good view of the dashboard.

Doreen and I were trying to use reflectors, Lume Cubes, even a small LED light to illuminate the car from inside. Nothing was working.

I finally decided to try HDR and hoped it would work. When I got home I did the post processing and it just fell into place.

October 2021 Photo of the Month

EXIF Data:

Nikon D810 with a 24-70mm lens, shot at 31mm

F8, 1/320 sec, ISO 800, exposure comp of -2

About photographing on Route 66 from Albuquerque to Winslow

I took a lot of pictures. Most of them were record shots – to record what I saw.

Some of them were really fun shots…..the type of image I would hang on my wall. The car interior and the waiter at the diner where these type of shots.

I really enjoyed the camaraderie of traveling with a group of people. I enjoyed being able to share what I got and seeing what they captured.

Gary’s tips for photographing Route 66:

For most of the shots I bracketed. With the neon lights this is important so the highlights are not blown out. I learned this by shooting holiday lights in my neighborhood in the Chicago area.

Bracketing also helps if you forget to use exposure compensation. It gives you several images to choose from to get closer to the right exposure.

I also did a lot of panoramas while on Route 66. The Petrified Forest and the Yellow Horse Trading Post were very wide. Shooting a panorama gives you more details in the image, instead of just using a wide angle lens.

Private shoot at the 66 Diner in Albuquerque

More about the image with Miles, the waiter

Many of the shots I got weren’t so great. It was crowded in front of him so I moved in the other direction to work the room. That was the shot that worked for me.

I liked how the blinds ended up creating backlighting on Miles. The broken lights of the Venetian blinds added a lot of interest to the image.


On Gary’s Horizon

Oregon and Washington Coasts

Albuquerque for the Balloon Festival

Ireland, England and Scotland

Gary photographing in the 66 Diner

Interested in joining us on Route 66? We just added another workshop from Albuquerque to Winslow in 2024. Click here for more info.

Want to head out sooner with us? Two spaces have opened up on our Bosque & White Sands Workshops in December, 2021 . Click here to read more .

Thanks for reading our posts and congratulations to Gary!

Tom and Cree

www.tombolphotoworkshops.com

Photo of the Month – September 2021

Tom and Cree celebrate the great images created by their community of photographers by selecting a Photograph of the Month. For August we selected an image of Crystal Lake outside of Ouray created by Thomas Black on our Ouray Fall Colors . We hope you enjoy Thomas’ images as much as we do!

Congratulations to September 2021 ‘s featured photographer – Thomas Black

Ouray Fall Colors Workshop 2021

The Story … 

I would not have positioned myself where I did if it had not been for Tom’s suggestion the night before. He said to put something in the foreground. I did and it was a big help.

I was able to line up in front of the red grass without pushing anyone into the water. I set up the camera. I used a two second timer. I took a hundred photos and hoped one would work out.

I hate using a cable release. In fact I often forget to bring one, so the timer works well. Sometimes I use the Canon dedicated phone app for remote control of the shutter. There was no cell connection at the lake so I used the 2 second timer instead.

September 2021 Photo of the Month

Of the 100 photos I took of Crystal Lake, I had several that I liked. The one I selected had the most rose color in the water reflection. That was the differentiator.

EXIF Data:

Canon EOS R6 with a 24-205mm lens

F8, 1/60 sec, ISO 100

“Try to find an unusual angle so you don’t end up with a cliche” Thomas Black

About photographing fall foliage in Ouray

In retrospect, it was fantastic! I have never been anywhere with that much fall color.

I have spent weeks at a time in the Northeast. Last year I was on a self-guied photo safari in the Northeast while visiting my daughter. I got some good photos. the timing was good. But there was nothing that compares with Ouray. Yooray for Ouray!

It’s cold there. I brought shorts, sandals and my Speedo. I went out the second day and bought more outerwear. The Ouray merchants were glad I visited.

Thomas’ Start as a Photographer

I got into photography based on a four letter word……golf.

When I retired I went out and bought golf clubs. In five years I never broke one hundred without the use of a pencil erasure on my scorecard. I was horrible. My son said, “Dad, maybe this isn’t the game for you.”

I thought, “Gee, is there some other hobby I can pursue at least as expensive as golf?” I went down to the local camera store and bought a Nikon D60. I needed wall art for a new mountain home, so went around taking photos of local barns. It took off from there….

Fallen leaves near Silver Jack Reservoir

Thomas’ tips for photographing fall foliage:

Have an idea of where you want to go….but pray that you are lucky. The reason I go on workshops with Tom and Cree is that they know where to go.

You could spend days on your own, even on horseback at the True Grit Ranch and not find a wall-worthy photograph

Also, bring a tripod. My hands were so cold they were shaky. Without a tripod I would have had Shake and Bake landscapes.


On Thomas’ Horizon

The Oregon Coast and Redwood Forest

White Sands National Park

The True Grit Ranch off the Last Dollar Road

There are two spaces on our Ouray Workshop for 2023 . Click here to read more .

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Photo of the Month August 2021

Tom and Cree celebrate the great images created by their community of photographers by selecting a Photograph of the Month. For August we selected a brown bear image created by Teri Manchen on our Brown Bear Safari . We hope you enjoy Teri’s images as much as we do!

Congratulations to August 2021 ‘s featured photographer – Teri Manchen

Teri Photographing Brown Bears in Katmai National Park

The Story … 

At first the mother bear was really far away. She started coming closer to us and I was excited to get the shot. I wished her cubs were in the image too. The were down at the end of a cove and then they walked right past us.

I was happy with the bear and the fish. The fish was on the ground and it was hard to tell if it was still alive. I liked how it lined up with the bear perfectly.

August 2021 Photo of the Month

I was not afraid of the bear. I had done the same trip two years ago and had the same experience of getting close to grizzly bears. I was pretty calm. I just wanted to get the shot.

The last time I went to Katmai, I used aperture priority as my preferred shooting mode. This time I shot in manual mode to make sure my shutter speeds were high enough. This was also the first time I used auto ISO on Tom’s recommendation. It was exciting and it really works. Now I will use it a lot.

EXIF Data:

Nikon D5 with 200-500 Nikon zoom lens at 480mm

Manual mode with auto ISO F11, 1/2000 sec

Sow with two cubs strolling along Moraine Creek



Teri’s tips for photographing brown bears:

Don’t be scared. You will get closer to the bears than you imagine. The first time I photographed brown bears was at Silver Salmon Creek. I was a tad afraid. We were in a buggy and a blond bear started chasing the cart. I was in the very back of the buggy closest to the bear. That experience was a bit nerve wracking. Now I realize that I can be close to bears and not worry when I’m photographing.

Large brown bear looking for sockeyes in the river



About Katmai National Park

I loved every part of Katmai National Park. You can’t imagine that you can walk so closely alongside the bears. It’s unreal. I liked looking for bears and finding them around almost bend of a creek.

The day when we saw 22 bears in one 360 view was amazing. We also had wonderful weather. We never had to put on our raincoats.


On Teri’s Horizon

Botswana

Ouray, Colorado for fall color

Death Valley

Galapagos

New Zealand

Bucket list: Antarctica

Teri and the crew at Moraine Creek in Katmai National Park

There is one space left on a bear workshop for 2022 . Click here to read more . Our 2022 schedule is getting full, but we have openings for 2023. For our full schedule Click Here

We plan to post a new Ecuador Hummingbirds Workshop soon. Join the interest list

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